February 24th, Los Angeles, CA—The votes are in, and the Official Selection list is now available for Famous Monsters and SREG’s Silver Scream Fest at silverscreamfest.com. Entries came in from all over the globe, and while difficult, our panel of judges was able to winnow the list down to eight features, thirty-one short films, thirty screenplays, and six graphic novel entries. Samples follow:
FAUX PAWS- Feature Film written and directed by Doug Bari
Gay werewolves Brian and Doug escape from a lycanthrope reservation to seek freedom in Maine, the only state with a sanctioned tolerance of werewolves. Their journey takes them on a road trip, complete with an overnight full moon stop at Brian’s family home. While Brian wrestles with ‘changing’ in front of his family, his threatened brother-in-law conspires with bounty hunters and national police forces giving chase. Will Brian and Doug make it to Maine? If they do, what should they wear? Will they ever be anything more than faux paws? Hide your meat and cheese. Werewolvin’ ain’t what it used to be. Trailer: https://youtu.be/2UDauPqsY78
HOW TO BE A VILLAIN- Short Film directed by Helen O’Hanlon
In this delightfully demented homage to the golden age of horror movies, you will be advised on career paths for villains, where to put an evil lair, what kind of henchmen to choose and, of course, when to use your evil laugh. Trailer: https://player.vimeo.com/video/133064417
THE APOCALYPSE CHRONICLES- Screenplay by Nathan Ludwig
A wounded drifter struggles to uncover the truth about how the world really ended as he plays a sinister game of chance against three mysterious madmen, each with a twisted tale of insanity and terror to tell.
INVISIBLE HANDS- Graphic Novel Script by Laszlo Tamasfi
‘Invisible Hands’ is a sci-fi/horror anthology. Five short stories are strung together by a framing story line, merging them into a 100 page graphic novel. A failed experiment with cutting edge brain mapping caused David Wasp’s mind to shatter. Each short story in the book is a segments of his subconscious: there’s a Lovecraftian laundromat, and there are talking animals. There’s a freak loose in L.A.’s suburbs, and we find out what the Gandhi-virus is. We learn why winter lasted over two years.
See the full list at silverscreamfest.com/festival-guide.

The Silver Scream Film & Comic Festival, scheduled for March 4-6 in Santa Rosa, California, will screen both A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and NEW NIGHTMARE in honor of Wes Craven. There will also be appearances by seven-time Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker (MEN IN BLACK, ED WOOD, THE WOLFMAN) and legendary director John Landis (THE BLUES BROTHERS, ANIMAL HOUSE, TRADING PLACES) in honor of the 35th anniversary of their seminal creature feature AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON; Bela Lugosi Jr.; SIMPSONS character designer Eric Keyes; and graphic novel superstar Darick Robertson, as well as an awards ceremony and screenings of the winning films.

Go to SilverScreamFest.com for tickets and more information.